I really didn’t want to get personal here in the NFL.com Fantasy Blog. And for damn sure I didn’t want to be sharing a “Monday Nightmare.” But it still hurts, and maybe it’s better just to let it out.
Look, if you’re down by 15 points going into the Monday night game, you’re opponent is done for the week and you’ve got the combination of Matt Forte and Greg Jennings, well, let’s just say I was optimistic. And when Jennings scored a touchdown in the first quarter, I figured I might actually get some beauty sleep last night (I know, I don’t need it, nice of you to point that out).
Then the game went on… Aaron Rodgers complete to Jermichael Finley… Forte gets the carry, gain of one… Rodgers to Donald Driver… Forte gets the carry, loss of two…
Time to sweat.
Here’s where my conspiracy theory comes into play. You see, this is the NFL.com Fantasy Magazine League I’m referring to here. My Week 3 opponent: Marshall Faulk. That’s right, the same Marshall Faulk who played for Mike Martz in St. Louis. The same Mike Martz who, when faced with a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line last night opted to call a failed pass attempt to Desmond Clark.
Am I suggesting that Faulk texted Martz during the timeout prior to that play and begged Martz not to let Forte get the ball right there?
Yes. Yes I am.
Of course, I know what you’re going to say. What about Forte getting the ball three times in a row from inside the 10 at the end of the game? Second-and-goal from the 3? Gain of two. Third-and-goal from the 1? No gain. No gain, but a lesson for us all, as Felix Unger once said.
The lesson? Despite what he did the first two weeks of this season, don’t trust Matt Forte.
I can’t imagine any of you have any Monday nightmares as bad as that one, but feel free to share you pain here.
— Craig Ellenport